School Chess Association
- Wayne McDougall school chess coaching resumes as we are now at Covid-Level 1. Chess is on after school at Hillsborough Primary School 23 Feb 2021.
Free online practice tournaments
For New Zealanders competing in the Middle Years and Primary Australian National Finals. Also open to anyone not competing in the Australian National Finals.
Sharp v Wise Tournament
Sunday 29th November is the free online Sharp v Wise Tournament. This is only for those with a Tornelo rating of 1000 or higher.
There will be adults competing (the 'Wise' teams) but they do not always win against the 'Sharp' student teams.
Click here to enter
Free Chess Lessons and Casual Play Friday
Every Friday night starting 4th December from 6pm to 8.30pm. At the Auckland Chess Centre, 17 Cromwell Street, Mt Eden. Gold coin donation.
Three things will be going on:
- Casual play with friends of your own choosing
- Get paired up with other players for causal games
- FREE chess lessons for complete beginners who want to learn to play chess
ChessPower Online Queen's Cup Championship
Recommended for school girls of all ages and abilities, as it runs in different divisions.
Held on 13 December, you must register online. Entry fee is $25.
Wayne McDougall school coaching
School coaching has finished at St Jospeh's Catholic School in Onehunga, Pt Chevalier School, Mt Roskill Grammar School, Royal Oak Intermediate School, and Hillsborough Primary.
The last day for school chess coaching:
- 27 Nov Diocesan Junior School for Girls
- 24 Nov Hillsborough Primary
- 3 Dec Mt Roskill Primary
Auckland Sarapu Cup Championship
If you have not qualified for the Championship you can still compete in the lower divisions, just as you would for a normal monthly Sarapu Cup.
Held on 6 December, this event last all day, starting at 9am and finishing at 5.30pm. You must register online
This event clashes with the prestigious Papatoetoe Junior Rapid. That event is for players up to age 20. You may contact Wayne McDougall for advice on which event you should enter. In general:
- If you think you can be a top 3 place getter, or top in age group, enter the Papatoetoe Junior Rapid
- Otherwise enter the Sarapu Cup
2021 New Zealand National Chess Tournaments
Early entry fees closes 19 December
Held in Palmerston North will be:
- NZ Junior Champion (up to 20 years with prizes for Under 8, Under 10, Under 12 and Under 14) 2-8 Jan
- NZ Major Open (all ages) 2-10 Jan
- Manawatu 128 Novelty Champsionship (all ages) 9-10 Jan
- NZ Blitz (all ages) 11 Jan
- NZ Rapid (all ages) 12 Jan
Entry form and more information
West Auckland Kids Chess Course
Running until 3 December, you can attend any Thursday. It was $35 for the full 8 weeks - talk to the organisers about a cost if you join part way through the term. Each session is worth attending as a standalone event.
The course is half teaching, half playing other kids in a match.
Venue: Kelston community centre, (off Great North Rd)
“Kids” can be as young as 4 and old as 14 though most are 7-12.
How to Get Better at Chess
1. Play Chess
If you are one of the top 12 players in your school, or if you are keen to improve, you should consider paying to enter JOOC. Read all the details and register and pay online. If you have trouble registering, please ring Wayne McDougall on mobile 021 669 768. This is one game a week for 7 weeks, Saturday nights at 6pm. The first round was on 5 September, but it's fine to join late. You will get an easier opponent if you do.
If you feel you are not quite at this standard of play, or it's too much money, there is a free tournament at the same time. These games are shorter, so you can expect to play 7 games between 6pm and 7.30pm. There is a tournament every Saturday night. It's a bit more complicated to sign up, so you should register now. To do so first the parents must register at ChessKids, then you add your child, then you assign email@example.com as a 'Guardian' so he can add you to the team. Read the Entry Requirements, follow the instructions, and phone Wayne McDougall on 021669768 if you need help.
Where the instructions say "Play Fast Chess", the button has changed and you now click on "Play Kids". You will then be able to join the tournament from 5.45pm. But you must give Paul enough time to add you, so register and set up the Guardian now.